Mount Si boys’ hoops advances at state tourney, and this morning’s college sports roundup…..

Good Sunday morning.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team this season has not had to rely on their depth in too many games, but yesterday, they needed people to step up and they did as the Wildcats fought off Richland in the first round of the WIAA 4A state tournament.

In the regional clash in Issaquah, the Wildcats got 16 points from Brett Williams as they held off the Bombers 60-54. Jonny Barrett added 13 as Richland’s defense put most of their efforts on shutting down star juniors Jabe Mullins and Tyler Patterson, and to an extent they did, holding the pair to a combined 21 points between the two. So up stepped Williams and he delivered as Mount Si advanced into the quarterfinals on Thursday where they will meet the winner of Wednesday’s loser-out match between Puyallup and Jackson.

If the Wildcats meet the Timberwolves again, it will be a rematch of the Wes-King 4A title game last Monday, won by Mount Si. The game on Thursday is an early start, at 9:00 am in the so-called “Egg McMuffin” game at the Tacoma Dome. If Mount Si wins, they’ll play at 3:45 Friday afternoon in the semis and if the Wildcats lose, they’ll play again in a loser-out game at 9:00 am Friday morning.

Time now for the other news on this Sunday.

CHS grad plays final home game for Skagit ladies: It was the final home game last night for sophomore Mieke Van Ess with Skagit Valley College’s women’s basketball team, and the Duvall product, a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad, pitched in nine points to pace Skagit’s 50-48 win over Edmonds in Mount Vernon. The Cardinals are tied for the fourth-place spot in the NWAACC’s North Division, at 7-5 in league and 13-12 overall after the win. They wrap the regular season up at Olympic on Wednesday.

Cal State Northridge 3, Gonzaga 0 (regularly scheduled game): Northridge limited the Zags to two hits in the shutout win at home. North Bend’s Carson Breshears was 0-1 for GU in the contest.

Iowa 10, Hawaii 8 (game one, doubleheader): Iowa rallied from a 7-3 deficit early and picked up the win in the first of two down in Honolulu; the Hawkeyes also won the nightcap and swept the twinbill. Freshman Aaron Davenport, he of Duvall and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, started on the mound for the Warriors in this contest and was dinged a bit, allowing seven runs – four earned – on seven hits in just three innings, walking three and striking out two. He received no decision.

Whitman 12, Linfield 6 (game one, doubleheader): The Blues exploded for five runs in the sixth to take the first of two over the Wildcats in McMinnville, OR, Junior Collin Anderson pitched two innings for Whitman in this one, allowing three runs – all earned – on three hits striking out one. The 2016 MSHS grad from North Bend received no decision for the relief appearance. Whitman took the nightcap and swept the twinbill; Anderson did not pitch in that game for the Blues.

Briar Cliff 3, Bellevue (NE) 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Chargers won on a walk-off to take the first of two on neutral soil in Missouri. Junior Cody Banks, he of Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS alum, was 1-2 with a walk and run scored for the Bruins in this one.

Omaha 10, Seattle U. 8: The visitors from Nebraska held on for the win over the Redhawks in Bellevue. Junior Alden Huschle, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS grad, made his 2019 debut on the hill for SU, pitching a perfect ninth inning in relief, with no decision recorded.

Gonzaga 10, Cal State Northridge 8 (13 inn., completion of suspended game Friday): GU and the hosts from southern California started this one Friday and finished it yesterday after going well into extra innings down in Northridge, CA. Breshears, a senior and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-5 with a walk for Gonzaga.

Bellevue (NE) 8, Briar Cliff 5 (game two, doubleheader): Banks doubled to headline a 2-4 effort, scoring a run and driving another in, as Bellevue won the nightcap and split the pair with the Iowa foe on neutral soil in Missouri last night.

Mount Olive (NC) women 14, Wingate 7: In the rain at home in North Carolina, the Trojans doubled up the visiting Bulldogs. Sophomore Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS alum, worked on defense for MOU in this one, forcing two turnovers and also recording one ground ball in the contest.

Dallas (TX) men 19, Centenary 1: Snoqualmie’s Tyler Smith led the way for UoD, with four goals on 11 shots, six on goal as the Crusaders rolled to the win. The junior, a 2016 MSHS’er, also had three ground balls and forced a turnover.

Track & Field
Last Chance Meet, Seattle: A Valley athlete recorded a solid finish yesterday in a sprint event at the final indoor postseason qualifying meet of the season at the UW in Seattle.
North Bend’s Karlie Hurley finished in sixth in the women’s 400m; the Concordia-OR senior, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, ran the distance in 59.2 seconds. She was the lone Valley athlete competing in the events yesterday.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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